Schofield Auditorium is the largest fixed-seating venue at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and is located inside the only campus building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally built in 1916 as the original Eau Claire State Normal School, it later become the first building on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus. Since the class of 1917, every Blugold has been present in this space.
With its last renovation having been in 1976 and with over 500 events held in the space annually, the Schofield Hall Auditorium Renovation was needed to bring an outdated and extraordinarily ?institutional? auditorium space into the twenty-first century.
Tremendous effort went into increasing the electrical power requirements in order to update both the theatrical lighting and AV systems. The aisle/seating configuration for the main floor and balcony were modified to meet the campus needs. The stage was also modified to meet ADA requirements.
The introduction of warmer colors, wood trim, and acoustical panels around the space result in a much more welcoming and comfortable environment. Technological upgrades allow for varied venues in the theatre including everything from small musical ensembles to cinematic showings in surround sound. UW-Eau Claire feels that it is in this space that they bring the world to the campus.